The Husband’s Secret | Liane Moriarty

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The trouble with the truth is that it can change everything…

Cecilia is the perfect wife, the perfect mother and has the perfect life. Until one day she discovers a letter in the attic from her husband, only to be opened in the event of his death. Curiosity gets the better of her and by opening this letter, her perfect world comes shattering down around her. Her husband confesses to a terrible mistake, which if revealed, will wreck their family’s lives forever. Cecilia is torn between doing the right thing, but the right thing for who?

Beyond Tired Book Club Rating: 5/5

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriartyis a story of lies, love, loss and loathing and we were all gripped on this novel on from start to finish.  It was an absolute hit with our entire book club, with the majority ranking it as their favourite book since our club began over two years ago. 

Brilliantly Written & Thought Provoking

To begin with, the book was a little overwhelming with different characters. It was at times hard keeping track of who was who in the first few chapters. Just as you started to get a grip on one person, the chapter would cut you short and send you over to another character. Eventually the links were all pieced together in this brilliantly written and thought provoking novel. 

One interesting aspect of The Husband’s Secret, was the ideas surrounding fate. How that each action, every decision or any choices that you make, have a longer lasting impact on not only your life, but the path it weaves for everyone around you.

The Husband’s Secret will leave you questioning your own morals…how far would you go to protect your family?

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty | Book Club Discussion Questions

(Warning spoiler alert in the below discussion questions!)

  1. Until you realise the narrative style, did you find it confusing being bombarded by several different characters at once?
  2. Would you have opened the letter?
  3. Di you guess early on in the novel that John Paul was responsible for Janie’s murder? Was it obvious?
  4. In Cecilia’s position, would you keep your husband’s secret?
  5. Cecilia is portrayed as the perfect woman/mother/wife, did you grow sympathetic towards her as the book progressed?
  6. Which characters did you sympathise with? Who irritated you? 
  7. At the beginning of the novel “You get nothing for nothing” is repeated in various characters sections. Do you think this is a key theme of the book? 
  8. What part do you think religion plays in the book? Does the author mock religion? 
  9. Is failure a theme running throughout the novel?
  10. “Honesty is overrated”, does this quote summarise the novel? 
  11. How was the Tess, Will, Felicity storyline relevant to the story as a whole?
  12. The novel is full of “what ifs”, did you feel this contributed to the stpry or made it annoying? Did you like the ending with its “what ifs” scenarios? 

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